29 April 2016

This 'n' That

Nothing whatever, whether great or small, can happen to a believer, without God’s ordering and permission.

The providential government of God over everything in this world is a truth of which the Greek and Roman philosophers had no conception. It is a truth which is specially revealed to us in the word of God. Just as the telescope and microscope show us that there is order and design in all the works of God’s hand, from the greatest planet down to the least insect, so does the Bible teach us that there is wisdom, order, and design in all the events of our daily life. There is no such thing as ‘chance,’ tu‘luck,’ or ‘ accident’ in the Christian’s journey through this world. All is arranged and appointed by God. And all things are ‘working together’ for the believer’s good. (Romans 8:28)

Let us seek to have an abiding sense of God’s hand in all that befalls us, if we profess to be believers in Jesus Christ. Let us strive to realize that a Father’s hand is measuring out our daily portion, and that our steps are ordered by Him. A daily practical faith of this kind, is one grand secret of happiness, and a mighty antidote against murmuring and discontent. We should try to feel in the day of trial and disappointment, that all is right and all is well done. We should try to feel on the bed of sickness that there must be a ‘needs be.’ We should say to ourselves, ‘God could keep away from me these things if He thought fit. But He does not do so, and therefore they must be for my advantage. I will lie still, and bear them patiently. I have ‘an everlasting covenant ordered in all things and sure.’ (2 Samuel 23:5) What pleases God shall please me.
J.C. Ryle 
Looks like there's no need for me to chime in further. With that, please take a few moments to enjoy your week in review (kind of):
  • Tip: don't listen to Bono and Eugene Peterson's interpretation of the Psalms. Read them for yourself (in a valid translation) and hear them exposited verse by verse by trusted men of God (Don Green and Steve Kreloff are two trusted pastors whose sermon libraries contain many sermons on the psalms).
  • What is the least you can believe to still be a Christian?
  • Thoughts on canonicity from Dr. Nathan Busenitz.
  • Sorry, but you cannot say that someone is a Christian and then later say, "Later in his life, Schulz began to refer to himself as a “secular humanist,' as his theology became less traditional. This did not mean he was no longer a Christian, but rather that he now believed other faiths might also provide legitimate paths to God." You see, if someone denies that salvation is found in Jesus Christ alone (Jesus did say, "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.") then that person is not a Christian. Period.
  • Here's your weekly dose of adorable (thanks, Paula!).
  • Looking forward to the launch of this website and ministry.
  • Sigh. Whatever. Did we really expect anything different from Jen Hatmaker?
  • I do not understand what this means. Perhaps because I cannot find it in the Bible.
  • The nature of the battle:

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